Ten Best Restaurants in Delray Beach
UPDATE: Check out our most recent list of the ten best new restaurants in Delray Beach.
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It wasn't all that long ago that Delray Beach was just like any other South Florida beach town -- minus, of course, Palm Beach proper. Oh, how times have changed.
In 1985, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (C.R.A.), began its plans to revitalize the city by cleaning up the slums, preserving historic buildings, and stimulating the local economy.
The CRA joined hands with the City of Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Development Authority to establish the Downtown Marketing Cooperative to market the area and run special events.
Years later, Delray Beach has become the culinary capital of Broward and Palm Beach counties and many other cities are attempting to emulate its progress. So we figured it was about time to compile a list of the ten best restaurants in Delray Beach.
10. Park Tavern
Broward and Palm Beach are often criticized for the lack of a progressive cocktail scene. Park Tavern sends that notion to the garbage bin. Conceptualized with the inspiration of New York's Gramercy Tavern, the spot offers some of the most impressive cocktails, and even spirits, north of the 305 border. The seasonally changing libations come in classic -- like the Corpse Reviver #2, a combination of Bombay Sapphire, Lillet Blanc, citrus cane syrup, and Absinthe mist or the whiskey sour made with Woodford Reserve, fresh citrus, egg white, and orange bitter swirl -- and new school options, such as the Whiskey 'N' Apples with Berentzen Apple, Tullamore Dew, agave, lemon juice, and cinnamon apple. And the top-notch gastropub fare, like juicy burgers, smoked short rib, and grilled Atlantic salmon is the perfect accompaniment to soak up the innovative booze.
9. Brule Bistro
Photo via Brule Bistro website
There once was a day in which French was the only cuisine reserved for fine dining. There was also a day in which you had to throw on a suit to get a good meal in a restaurant. Luckily, times have changed and neither are true any longer. That's why we love Brule Bistro. The Pineapple Grove spot is part French, part American, and the ideal combination. Starters like corn dusted oyster sliders with smoked aioli and housemade brioche or entrees like grilled angus hangar steak with brandy peppercorn sauce and fingerling potato hash combine French elegance with American innovation. It's as awesome as when the French joined the American Revolution -- and we're just a grateful now as we were then.
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